Universe to multiverse

Walk quickly, stay close
as this kaleidoscopic den of the universe
all around us into multiverse,
bullets in the sky
in celestial slow motion,
a million pieces
we are basal shards of light
seperated, connected
reflected, refracted
falling –
into destinies
like devastated chandeliers,
crystal tears on a tile floor

Too late,
this time
’cause time ticks
and twirls
in vinyl scratches
and clocks swap seconds for chimes of light-years
and fears
and we are suspended
on a precipice of catastrophe
unraveling in our minds
and hearts,
just pieces of a multiversal artwork,
or fate

Keep quiet, take flight
aided by ganglia and dendrites
we run through lurid lands –
capes of fantasies,
can we understand
that we see what we want to see –
a spectrum of colours
and darkness
from sinners through to saints
it’s a kaleidoscopic life


This is inspired by the work of Charlie Zero the Poet, who writes in ways that challenge the heart and mind to take an unselfconscious journey. For me, reading his work is like being immersed in an intelligent and abstract painting and allowing my mind to wander in whatever directions it takes me.

Find his work here:


Art by Kieron Cropper

51 thoughts on “Universe to multiverse

  1. In Charlie’s spirit, complex thoughts โ€ฆ but with words that I know (including ganglia and dendrites…. ๐Ÿ™‚ โ€ฆ. Great metaphoric phrases โ€ฆ. I like the flow from space to personal. Well done, Rachel.

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  2. Charlie Zeroes into the line of our minds, doesn’t he? Then he beds all thoughts to radio waves and static, that cackle and crackle, till we prick each sound to unravel this dynamite of an experience. Your derivation is spectacular. I particularly loved the second paragraph.

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      1. If you are referring to the latest public post I’d made, which listed a quick and whimsical kaleidoscope of blogs… well, I made my site private, the next day, having realized (that day) that I had probably done a bad job of it, in my creative wildness, judging by the lack of response, but moreover, when I peered further into things, had inadvertently linked to something that for me (when I too-late saw it) was personally shocking and deeply disturbing, as well as frightening, and I may have inadvertently caused others to view that perceived harm as well… I think I just need time to rest and restore courage… but seeing the words of perceived friends such as you, here on WP, does bring some sunshine… so, thank you. And thanks for caring enough to ask. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’—

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      2. I have a hard time believing that… I believe there’s a spark of good in everyone.

        Thanks for requesting access to my site just previous to your comment, Watt; I do appreciate it, and I’m sorry I can’t put up any other page besides that access-request page, since WP doesn’t allow it, under my current basic blog plan… I just need some time to process feelings… no one besides family has access to the site, at present… perhaps I shouldn’t even be here, openly supporting others’ work (and answering kind queries about mine ;)), but I love reading, and I do care, so when I read, I like to respond. I hope you’re not offended. The content I was referring to was certainly not yours! In case you were wondering. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      3. Nadine… goodness. I donโ€™t know what to say. I canโ€™t begin to imagine what it is that you saw but it has obviously shaken you deeply and now worries me a little too… Iโ€™m guessing you would not feel comfortable to say what it was? I am glad you perceive me as a friend, and Iโ€™m sorry you are feeling the way that you are.

        As for your post, sometimes I have a quick look at a post, and realise I want to give it more time, so I leave it so I can come back to it when I can give it my full attention. Often these are the posts I like the most. Yours was one of those…

        Hope you are ok ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒธ

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      4. Thank you, this warms my heart so much, I wish I had known at the time, but so grateful to you for saying it now… and I understand, sometimes itโ€™s hard to comment in the moment… anyway, I really appreciate you and your kindness, tried to email you ร  reply earlier but couldnโ€™t find a contact page, so I wrote comments instead, a bit awkwardly public but hey. ๐ŸŒค๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ Iโ€™ll be right as rains soon, just needed some quiet time to ponder the swirl of the universe within โ˜ฏ๏ธ

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      5. I wish you had known, and I wish Iโ€™d commented then and there. Iโ€™d love to hear from you. Sometimes the universe needs to swirl in our minds for a while before we settle on how we feel about something and what we want to do.
        Hope to hear from you, and take care my friend ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ’–

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      6. You’ve understood it perfectly, my friend, as usual you express it with perfect Grace, and I will follow your example, by replying immediately, even though at this godly hour, since I have now seen it, having left my page from last night still open. Sending much love, and wishes for your own self-care also, xo n ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒธ

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  3. Wow and wow, Rachel! This is so amazing! I read Charlie’s anthem too… it messed with my mind and yours played with my heart! You are an exceptional writer and the more you experiment, the more assured your voice is becoming! Each line here is quote worthy! You are soaring, my friend. โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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  4. Rachel, you’ve made my day and my heart feels so happy.

    You created and did such a phenomenal job.
    The imagery in this poem has a surrealist emotion
    breaking and reconstructing the concept of our multiverse
    and into the universe itself and how we can shape that world to be.

    Seriously, I cried from joy and so happy that you felt inspired by my work.

    You are an inspiration and influence to me and everyone here on WordPress.

    I’m so happy and grateful of our friendship.
    You and I, create poetry that makes us think and challenges us to push ourselves
    as writers and influential people. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Bless your heart so much and I’m super happy and I love, love, love this poem very much. I’ll hold this poem so dear to my heart. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite of yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I am SO happy that you liked this, I hoped you would ๐Ÿ™‚. Your work inspires us in a unique way, and your interactions with your readers is intelligent, kind and compassionate. Iโ€™m very lucky to read your work and to call you a friend within this twisting universe we live in. Thank you Charlie ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. A joyful goddess taking (back?) charge of her own rhythm of the night, a song that was a gorgeous group collaboration by both women and men; both of the starring women (both the singer and the visual lip syncher) seem to live successful lives by their own design and measure of success (according to my quick-now interpretation of wikipedia, at least); and neither the lyrics nor the images capitalize unnecessarily on sex, nor demean anyone… beautiful, beautiful choice. imho. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘Œ

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      2. Fantastic song Charlie, I feel like I’m in a time machine and I’ll be humming and humming that. And thank you for your kind words, I am very grateful for them. I’m sure this won’t be the last time I write in ways inspired by you ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š.

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      3. Yay!!! I’m so happy you enjoyed a 90’s flashback. Trust me…I’m a 90’s person and I have tons and remembered a lot of songs from that time. You’ll be surprised how much music of the 90’s I can send you. ๐Ÿ™‚

        You are welcome Rachel. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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